Nirupam, a former Congress MP, had filed the complaint against Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, alleging that on December 20, 2012, when the Gujarat Assembly poll result were announced, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader had made “defamatory and scurrilous comments” against him during the debate on ABP news, a private news channel by making direct aspersion on the character of the complainant (Nirupam). In 2013, Smriti Irani had already filed a complaint against Nirupam for alleging defaming her by saying “I don’t have to listen to you. It’s been four days since you have entered politics and you already think you are a great political analyst…till yesterday you were dancing on television and today you have become a politician.” during the same debate. Ms Irani complaint was filed under Section 500 of IPC which gives provision of defamation and Section 509 of IPC which gives provision of uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman, to which court had put Nirupam under the trial process.
- Participation in the TV debate one should maintain civility and decency as it is watched by audience through live telecast.
Justice R K Gauba, gave two separate verdicts, in one it gives relief to Union Minister Smriti Irani, by quashing the criminal proceeding against